Logistics Publications

Tane Mahuta and the Importance of Biosecurity

Posted on March 05, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Tāne Mahuta also rightly referred to as 'Lord of the Forest' is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree. A whopping 4.4 meters in diameter, over 50 meters tall, and said to be over 2,000 years old but is still very much growing.This magnificent beauty has been the centerpiece of thousands of school trips over generations of children across New Zealand. Unfortunately, Tane Mahuta, who resides in in the truly magical Waipou Forest, is on the verge of extinction.Phytophthora Agathidicida is a Pathogen that causes what has been named “Kaura Dieback;” it is a disease... Read More

The Historical Evolution of GE-Wuhan Boiler Company

Posted on February 28, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Photo by Peiran Li Wuhan Boiler Company located in Wuhan City, Hubei province, was established in 1953 and has more than 60 years of experience in designing and making boilers. In 2007, Alstom became the controlling shareholder of WBC. In 2015, WBC joined GE Power and become a member of GE. Now, WBC covers 173,000 meter of area and has around 2,000 employees in Wuhan.WBC main products include tower Boiler, Two Pass Boiler, CFB Bolier (circulating fluidized bed boiler), HRSG Drum and Mills ect.Key differentiators of WBCThe first boiler maker in the world can perform in house shot peening, the longest... Read More

TuSimple to Build Largest Self-Driving Fleet

Posted on February 27, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

TuSimple, the autonomous truck developer, plans to expand its U.S. test fleet to 40 trucks by June 2019. This announcement was made during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where the company displayed their Navistar International LT model. This vehicle has been outfitted with automated driving technology which allows it to “perceive and interpret” it’s surroundings. Chuck Price, Vice President of product at TuSimple, stated “Last year we announced our intent to build a 200-truck fleet. These 40 trucks that we’re acquiring [are] a down payment on that.”TuSimple has dual headquarters located in... Read More

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 and the Logistics Market

Posted on February 26, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

New tax reforms were implemented in 2017 to lower taxes for businesses and individuals. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) lowered the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. The intent of the reform is to help businesses lower expenses (Wunderlin, 2018). Many professionals such as Chris Spear, the CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), view this change positively. Spear has been promoting the benefits of the new tax reform and believes it will boost investments, increase jobs, and improve the bottom line of supply chain businesses. (Berman, 2019)There are several significant aspects of this bill that will promote company growth.... Read More

Managing Time Critical Shipments

Posted on February 19, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In a steam power plant, projects may be faced with unexpected events. In order to meet a recurrent requirement, business requires to utilize time critical logistics. Some examples may be missing or broken spare parts in the project commission stage or specific needs such as transporting samples for a test.Allyn International (Allyn) has been managing time critical shipments for clients in many projects. Allyn expedites and manages shipments that require a definite arrival time as well as reduce delay probability to best meet client’s requirements.When Allyn is notified with a critical notice from a client, they... Read More

Allyn’s e-Auction Solution Leads to Decreased Freight Costs

Posted on February 06, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Freight rates are on the rise, largely due to a capacity crunch that is affecting all modes and most lanes.  The reasons for the capacity issues include but aren’t limited to: escalating tariffs, a lengthened peak season, Chinese Lunar New Year, the continued growth of e-commerce, weather or natural disasters, and most recently a governmental shutdown.  Rising RatesAir rates are expected to rise about 3% in 2019, while ocean rates expect to rise 4-5% per container. As far as ground transport, truckload rates may go up as much as 5% in 2019, while less-than-truckload rates are expected to... Read More

The 2019 Polar Vortex: Its Impact on your Shipments

Posted on January 30, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Parts of the United States are seeing the worst winter weather that has been seen in over 20 years.  Due to this fact, many schools, businesses, and roadways have been closed in light of safety concerns for workers, students, and motorists.While the extreme cold is problematic, and rather unprecedented, there are additional concerns that relate directly to the movement of goods as roadways are closed and workers are told to remain indoors; packages are not moving, shipments are not being picked up.The USPS announced that it will not be running any service in most parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin,... Read More

Chinese New Year 2019 Supply Chain Issues

Posted on January 28, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Perhaps China’s most celebrated holiday, Chinese New Year, will take place this year between February 4th and February 10th.  As a result, many businesses will shut down for a week or longer, and in some cases,  they will shut down up to three weeks.Here are a few ways that the shutdown for Chinese Lunar New Year can affect your supply chain.Shut downs lead to vessel cancellations:  As most exports from China won’t be occurring during the holiday, vessels that would normally handle these shipments are cancelled outright. Capacity Issues: As shippers... Read More

Congestion in NY/LA Ports: What this means for your logistics operations

Posted on January 25, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

“Freight volumes coming into U.S. remain high in January, but delays and congestions turn trips to major marine terminals into a ‘madhouse.’” (Angell, 2019, para. 1).The increase in volume is mostly related to factors that are expected, but there are some unexpected factors as well.The Chinese New Year, occurring on February 5th, interrupts the supply lines, and many shippers work to get their goods out of Asia prior to the start of the Chinese New Year, resulting in increased volume (NY/NJ port congestion, 2019).  This surge also is known to continue through the end... Read More

Don’t Get Left Behind - Logistics Tools and Processes to Help You Deliver in 2019

Posted on January 23, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

As we begin the new year, now is the perfect time to establish a list of supply chain goals you'd like to accomplish for 2019. Let’s say you’d like to reduce transportation costs by 10% in the next 12 months. How would your organization even begin to achieve this goal?An excellent place to start would be to track the performance of your carriers using Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). Your freight data holds many secrets. Through them you can identify your top performers using metrics such as on time pickup/delivery rates, total transit time, and... Read More

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